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NINETEEN people have been arrested following action by Dyfed-Powys Police.

Detective Inspector Gareth Grant, of Dyfed-Powys Police said: “Dyfed-Powys Police executed a series of searches and undertook a number of arrests connected to an ongoing drug trafficking investigation, in Newtown, Llandrindod Wells, Welshpool and surrounding areas last week (24/6/19 – 28/6/19). This is part of an ongoing operation, and we will issue further information and updates about this when appropriate.

“This protracted operation which has been running since February and subsequent enforcement action targeting the supply and use of illegal drugs in the area is as a result of concerns and feedback from the community in respect of the scourge of drug misuse. Dafydd Llywelyn, Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner has fully supported this action and has ensured additional funding was made available in order to carry out this extensive operation to tackle drug misuse in these communities.

“Drugs misuse is a complex issue, and as such as well as enforcement action, we also enlisted the services of local drugs support agency Kaleidoscope, and they were present throughout the process to arrange and co-ordinate referrals and support in relation to drug abuse, addiction and rehabilitation.

“At this time, nineteen men and women have been arrested and are at various stages of legal proceedings. We thank the public for their understanding and co-operation whilst this action was taking place, and hope that this positive action demonstrates our commitment to tackling drugs misuse in our communities. ”

All those charged and remanded will next appear before Swansea Crown Court on July 23 2019.

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